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Drug baggies of London: 'Markers of an addiction made public'
Since 2013, photographer Dan Giannopoulos has been rummaging through the streets of London, searching for, collecting and photographing discarded drug bags. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

​Maine could be first to OK medical pot to treat addicts
Nearly 30 medical marijuana caregivers and patients told state regulators at a hearing on Tuesday that marijuana eases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use of E-Cigarettes Rising Among Middle and High School Students
By Stacy SimonE-cigarettes remain the most commonly used tobacco products among middle and high school students in the US for the second year in a row, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Tobacco Products.RESOURCES: Keeping Kids Tobacco FreeGuide to Quitting SmokingAmerican Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Using the answers to questionnaires from the National Youth Tobacco Surveys, the report found that 16% of high school students and 5.3% of middle school students used e-cigarettes in 2015. Th...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - April 20, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Smoking/Tobacco Source Type: news

Obama's new moves to fight opioid and heroin abuse epidemic
The Obama administration is making it easier for doctors to use anti-addiction drugs in the fight against an exploding epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA launches first ad campaign focused on dangers of smokeless tobacco among rural teens
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it is expanding its award-winning “The Real Cost” campaign to educate rural, white male teenagers about the negative health consequences associated with smokeless tobacco use. For the first time, messages on the dangers of smokeless tobacco use – including nicotine addiction, gum disease, tooth loss, and multiple kinds of cancer – are being highlighted through the placement of advertisements in 35 U.S. markets specifically selected to reach the campaign’s target audience. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 19, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

WHO Director-General addresses UN on the World Drug Problem
Dr Margaret Chan reviewed the enormous health and social harm caused by the illicit use of psychoactive drugs. In the view of WHO, drug policies that focus almost exclusively on use of the criminal justice system need to be broadened by embracing a public health approach (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - April 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: substance abuse [subject], drug addiction, drug dependence, drug abuse, drug use, Speech [doctype] Source Type: news

CLAIM: Restaurants in China lace their food with morphine to make customers chemically addicted... Big Food does the same thing in the USA with MSG
(NaturalNews) The next time you hear someone praising the Chinese for their business practices, remember this story and let your China cheerleader know their enthusiasm is, to put it mildly, misplaced.As the United States battles a Big Pharma-induced opioid addition and overdose... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Student's addiction to legal highs left her smoking 20 'joints' a DAY and hallucinations
Serena Christie, 23, from Kent, became convinced the police were following her, her housemates were hacking into her phone and that she had fleas. She was diagnosed with psychosis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Being a sugar addict can increase chance of obesity as you get older
Scientists at the University of Michigan found children who opt for sweet treats, such as cookies, experienced gradual increases in body fat as they aged, while those who chose salty snacks did not. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother Hopes to Change Stigma Surrounding Addiction With Daughter's Heartbreaking Obit
Kelsey Endicott died from an accidental overdose earlier this month. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Smoking and schizophrenia: Understanding, breaking the cycle of addiction
Smoking addiction in schizophrenia can be explained by significantly increased activation of the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), a region involved in the brain reward system. These new data confirm the tendency to smoke and low smoking cessation rates of people with schizophrenia. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK has published a report which looks back at its 30 year history
The report ‘Researching alcohol harm: 30 years of impact’ is based on an impact study undertaken by Professor Richard Velleman and his team which assesses all grant awards funded by Alcohol Research UK and its predecessor body, the Alcohol Education and Research Council, between 1982 and 2014. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - April 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Special Reports Source Type: news

The ‘Vicious Cycle’ Of Rural Drug Addiction
Describes higher rates of addiction to and death from illicit drug abuse among rural residents when compared with urban residents. Highlights the burden of care this puts on rural hospitals across the country. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 18, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Federal, State Officials Discuss Barriers to Opioid Addiction Treatment
Reports a discussion during a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services concerning access to opioid addiction treatment in rural areas in South Carolina and across the nation. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 18, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Smoking and schizophrenia: Understanding and breaking the cycle of addiction
(University of Montreal) Smoking is a real problem for people with schizophrenia. A research team observed in schizophrenia smokers, when presented with appetitive cigarette images, greater neuronal activation of a specific region of the brain, the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex, a region involved in the brain reward system. The study confirms the tendency to smoke of people with schizophrenia and low smoking cessation rates. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Using Naloxone (Narcan) As A Last Resort
Classified as an antidote, naloxone gives individuals who overdose on opioids a second chance at life, but without access to proper treatment, these users will continue living in the cycle of addiction until either finding enough strength to pull through the recovery process or falling victim to life’s only certainty prematurely. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 17, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: CJ Arlotta Source Type: news

Device Helps Researchers Study Impact Of Runner’s Stride On Injury
BOSTON (CBS) – On Marathon Monday, thousands of marathon runners will push their bodies to the limits to support a cause. One of them? Advancing medical research in the area of running. One local hospital has recruited hundreds of marathoners to study the effect of a runner’s stride on injury. This will be Loren Newman’s second running of the Boston Marathon but 26.2 miles will be a breeze for him. The 29-year old from Cambridge is an “ultra” runner and has conquered two 100-mile races in the past. “It really kind of blurs the line between being a hobby, an addiction, a little bit of a religion,” says Lor...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Boston Marathon Health Local News Runner Resources Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen 2016 Boston Marathon Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Book Review: The i’Mpossible Project: Reengaging With Life, Creating a New You
We all have a story to tell, a story that needs to be shared so that others don’t feel so alone and different. It needn’t be long or exaggerated, just a few pages of a book, perhaps. In telling our stories, we encourage others to tell theirs and to have hope that they will get through whatever hardship they are dealing with. This is exactly what Josh Rivedal shares in his The i’Mpossible Project: Reengaging With Life, Creating a New You. He has collected the stories of 50 authors, all in different stages of their lives, who relate their experiences in 1,000 words or less. It isn’t easy to open up your hear...
Source: Psych Central - April 16, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Elaina J. Martin Tags: Abuse Addictions Anger Book Reviews Children and Teens Chronic Pain Depression Disorders Essays Family General Grief and Loss Happiness Memory and Perception Motivation and Inspiration Parkinson's Personal Stories Psychol Source Type: news

Mother of overdose victim wins praise for blunt obit
After her daughter died from a heroin overdose, she hoped the tragedy would help raise awareness of the "merciless" disease of addiction (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Book Review: Dual Diagnosis Anonymous: A Journey Through the Twelve Steps
“As I begin my journey through the steps, I will first and foremost remember to be gentle with myself. I will keep an open mind, I will be honest, and I will be willing to do my best. I am thankful for those who have come before me. I will be receptive to guidance from my brothers and sisters in the fellowship of DDA. I will make every effort to focus on my recovery and remind myself that my spiritual journey of recovery begins here and I know that the destination of any journey begins with the first step.” – Part of the opening meditation from Step 1 in Dual Diagnosis Anonymous: A Journey Through the Twelve Step...
Source: Psych Central - April 15, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Megan Riddle Tags: Addictions Book Reviews Disorders Dual Diagnosis General Medications Psychology Self-Help Substance Abuse Treatment Alcohol Abuse books on addiction books on mental illness books on recovery Corbett Monica DDA Drug Addictio Source Type: news

Health Systems and Addiction: The Use and Misuse of Legal Substances: ECRI Institute's 23rd Annual Conference
November 16-17, 2016, Washington DC. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Marijuana use may reduce dopamine in the brain
Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter, but a new study finds that heavy marijuana use could lower its release, causing negative effects on learning and behavior. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Prescription Opioids and Heroin: What’s the Relationship?
There is no nice straight line between use of prescription opioids and heroin addiction; in fact, the connections aren't really clear at all. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - April 15, 2016 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Steven A. King, MD, MS Tags: Pain Source Type: news

What are the true risks of taking cannabis?
Can I get addicted, what are the short- and long-term effects and what can make cannabis harmful? Key questions answeredScientists call for action over cannabis useNot easily. Scientists estimate that the lethal dose of the drug is somewhere in the range of 15-70g. That is far beyond the daily consumption of even the most enthusiastic user. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Cannabis Drugs Society UK news World news Drugs policy Politics Source Type: news

Foyle Haven in Derry handed life line as UNISON backs campaign
The Foyle Haven Service in Derry has been given a lifeline with a rescue package to allow the service to continue to operate. The Haven, which is run by Depaul Ireland’s, provides shelter and personal support for those dealing with alcohol and addiction in the city. Since January this year the Haven had been facing closure due to Big Lottery funding ending, with all 11 staff at the Haven on protective notice for redundancy. Over the past number of months, UNISON actively campaigned to save the Foyle Haven, which included public demonstrations and the lobbying of local politicians and the Mayor of Derry and Strabane Coun...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 15, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News austerity cuts Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Heavy cannabis use associated with reduced dopamine release in brain
Evidence of a compromised dopamine system has been found in heavy users of marijuana. Lower dopamine release was found in the striatum -- a region of the brain that is involved in working memory, impulsive behavior, and attention. Previous studies have shown that addiction to other drugs of abuse, such as cocaine and heroin, have similar effects on dopamine release, but such evidence for cannabis was missing until now. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

E-Cigarette Use by U.S. Teenagers Rose Last Year, Report Says
Federal data of youths found that though more have reported using the devices, it does not appear that they have acted as bridges to traditional cigarettes. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SABRINA TAVERNISE Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Smoking and Tobacco Youth E-Cigarettes Addiction (Psychology) Source Type: news

Our Coffee Addiction Could Destroy Earth’s Tropical Forests
Coffee producers may need a wake-up call. Soaring demand for the caffeinated brew could hasten destructive climate change by encouraging producers to chop down some of the last remaining tropical forests as they struggle to increase yields on existing farmland, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit Conservation International. Coffee grows in tropical countries near the equator, such as Indonesia, Brazil and Uganda, where thick jungles rich with biodiversity provide fresh water and store tons of carbon. Farmers expand their fields by felling trees in these forests and burning the dense underbrush...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Conference 2016 – Critical measures: next steps in alcohol research and policy
At its Annual Conference in March 2016, Alcohol Research UK gathered together senior executives, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and other leading experts from across the UK and beyond to discuss new evidence on patterns of alcohol use, alcohol risks and harm, developing interventions, and reflections on the relationship between alcohol research and evidence-informed policy. In a series of themed panel discussions and speaker presentations, the following questions were explored: Calculating risk – how do we better measure the relationship between alcohol consumption and a range of potential harms? Measuring co...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - April 14, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: News Source Type: news

Progress Through Innovation: Changing How We Manage Addiction Recovery
A courtroom and jail in south central South Dakota is where the greatest change of my life would occur... As a kid I dreamed of being a professional baseball player or a fighter pilot. Later, I wanted to be an architect. I never wanted to have the disease of addiction. Given everything I know now about the disease, it's clear that I struggled with symptoms of addiction -- anxiety, isolation, depression, lack of self-esteem and self-confidence -- as early as 10 years old. As a young adult and through a career as a professional radio broadcaster, alcohol addiction chronically progressed over 12 years. In and out of treatment...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

World-first new treatment for alcohol addictions
An FDA-approved beta blocker could be the answer in treating alcohol addiction, researchers report. Alcohol addiction causes almost 3.8 percent of deaths worldwide, authors say. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The relationship between internet addiction and aggression: multiple mediating effects of life events and social support - Fengqiang G, Jie X, Yueqiang R, Lei H.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship among Internet addiction, life events, social support and aggression, and figure out the inner deep structure of the four variables. METHOD: 363 undergraduates were selected via cluster sampling method. Th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Predictors of psychiatric hospitalization in ex-prisoners with substance use problems a data-linkage study - Olsson MO, Ojehagen A, Bradvik L, Håkansson A.
This study analyzed predictors of psychiatric hospitalization in ex-prisoners with substance use problems (N = 4,081) assessed with the Addiction Severity Index and followed post-release for hospitalizations with psychiatric diagnoses (including suicide at... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Heavy cannabis use associated with reduced dopamine release in brain
(Columbia University Medical Center) In a recent study, researchers found evidence of a compromised dopamine system in heavy users of marijuana. Lower dopamine release was found in the striatum -- a region of the brain that is involved in working memory, impulsive behavior, and attention. Previous studies have shown that addiction to other drugs of abuse, such as cocaine and heroin, have similar effects on dopamine release, but such evidence for cannabis was missing until now. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Flophouse Operator Is Arrested in a Scheme to Defraud Medicaid
Yury Baumblit, an operator of “three-quarter” houses catering to addicts, and his wife, Rimma, face money laundering and Medicaid fraud charges. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KIM BARKER Tags: Group Homes and Supportive Housing Frauds and Swindling Medicaid Baumblit, Yury (1950- ) Rimma Baumblit Brooklyn (NYC) Bribery and Kickbacks Source Type: news

Health Officials Call for Less Aggressive Treatment of Pain
In a sign of growing alarm about painkiller addiction, a group of U.S. state health officials, doctors and consumer advocates is calling for a stricter approach to treating pain in hospitals and clinics. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - April 14, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: FREE Source Type: news

What Being Obsessive Compulsive Taught Me About Life
I remember what death was like to me before he passed away, just a distant thing that we saw in the movies, completely unimaginable in real life. And then it happened, in the spur of a moment, my father was gone, leaving me and Mum all alone to fend for ourselves. For years we struggled in the dark, often making poor decisions that only added up to our burdens. Sometimes we saw light, but most of the time it was darkness. The rest of the family was unbelievably supportive, although they couldn't help but overlook what I felt back then as a 5-year-old. My mother once told me that I cried hysterically the day my father died...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Portland 'Top Chef' Gregory Gourdet's tough journey to addiction recovery
Gregory Gourdet is best known as the charismatic executive chef at Portland’s Departure restaurant who gained international fame on Season 12 of “Top Chef.” But he’s also very public about a less glamorous side of his life — his struggle to overcome addiction. When he was an up-and-coming chef in New York City early in the 2000s, he embraced a hard-partying lifestyle: “I was the last one to leave the party and the last one to leave the after-after hours. It got hard. I can remember… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 13, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Behold, The First-Ever Brain Scans Of LSD's Mind-Altering Effects
LSD, once a demonized hippie drug, has been evolving toward a clinically validated psychotherapy tool and Silicon Valley productivity hack for years now. And this week, it hit a major milestone. In a landmark study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the first modern brain scans of people tripping on LSD illustrate the neural bases of the psychedelic drug's powerful consciousness-altering effects.  The research, which was conducted by the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme in the U.K., showed that LSD reduces connectivity within brain net...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Some drug addicts more likely to relapse than others: Study
Opioids are highly addicting and liable for abuse. Methadone maintenance treatment is the most common intervention for those with drug addiction, but relapse is common, with 46% of patients continuing to use illicit opioids during or after the methadone treatment. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Most Physicians Lean Toward Adopting CDC Opioid GuidelinesMost Physicians Lean Toward Adopting CDC Opioid Guidelines
However, physicians see barriers to scaling back opioid prescribing, and they resent the claim that the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths is 'doctor driven.' Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Some drug addicts more likely to relapse than others: Study
(McMaster University) Opioids are highly addicting and liable for abuse. Methadone maintenance treatment is the most common intervention for those with drug addiction, but relapse is common, with 46 percent of patients continuing to use illicit opioids during or after the methadone treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

4 Sure-Fire Ways to Free Yourself From Anxiety
Anxiety, we all have it and some more than others. A full-blown anxiety or panic attack can feel paralyzing and life threatening. You feel like you're outside our body, confused or spacey. It feels hard to breath and you have a strong sensation of doom, like you're going to die even though you may be home safely reading a book in your bed. On the lighter end of the anxiety spectrum you may feel afraid and very vulnerable with "what if I fail?" thoughts crossing your mind. Before giving a speech on stage, you think you can't remember anything, with an upset stomach, heart racing and flushed face. Anxiety is a mind-body ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

The One Practice That Will Change the World You See
I remember from my previous experience in the restaurant industry, where the managers would attempt to coach and motivate us at our staff meetings. They would remind us of a study that proved if someone has a positive dining experience they tend to only tell one person, but if they had a bad experience they would tell seven. This quickness to judge, and tendency to notice our problems with ease; not only inspires our inclination to write a Yelp review, but also shows up as we perceive our life. Our default can be to focus on the negative or opportunity in our experiences, relationships, jobs, and circumstances. These figh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Alcohol Awareness Month - View the Archived Twitter Chat
In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, NIAAA hosted a chat with the American Society of Addiction Medicine on April 7.    The focus was to address the science of addiction, current evidence-based approaches for treating alcohol use disorder, and resources for health professionals.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

ICCFASD Spring 2016 Public Meeting April 14
What: Meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICCFASD)    Where: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 5635 Fishers Lane, Terrace Level Conference Center, Rockville, Maryland 20852   When: The Spring meeting will take place on Thursday from 8:30 am – 4 pm and is open to the public.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news